Recently I got to speak with Sam Upton about his career and his new film “Gone” with Amanda Seyfried. I want to thank Sam and his team for taking care of us with this great interview.
What attracted you to the roles and where did you get your inspiration for your roles?
I think its every kids dream to be a cop. Once I had that uniform on, I wanted to leave the set and shake some fools down! HAHHA Yes, it would be a felony. But that would be the bomb.
What were some of your memorable moments from filming?
Getting a chance to take my daughter and my wife to Portland for 2 weeks was amazing. We loved the city. Not to mention getting the opportunity to work as an actor — I never take it for granted.
What do you look for from a director to help you give your best performance?
Well, I have an athletic background, and I respond really well to positive feedback. I think the same holds true for me in my approach to relating with a director. Its like a coach to an athlete.
What sort of characters are you drawn to?
All of them. Every role is difficult and challenging no matter what.
When you consider a script or a potential TV or film project, what elements tend to draw you in and make you want to work on that film?
I just want to work. I’ll take it any way I can get it at the moment. I’m still trying to build the empire.
What inspired you to choose a career in film/TV; do you have any advice for people who are looking to get into the television and or film industry and what was your big break?
I dont think one chooses this career. It chooses you. I’ve been acting like a fool since I was in kindergarten — I was blessed to have my parents send me to a private school (Waldorf) that focused heavily on the arts. My teachers were incredible in their outrageous support of each child’s individual voice in life. I was surrounded by people who constantly told me I could do anything in life. I only hope I can offer my children the same gift.
Who are your favorite actors?
Brando. Of course. Montgomery Clift. He’s a genius. I just recently watched his performance in “A PLACE IN THE SUN” — its almost too good. I kind of get depressed its so good.
I LOVE Daniel Day Lewis. He is a god among men.
Any funny or memorable moments that stand out?
To be quite honest… every single moment I get to be on a movie set is a memorable moment. I LOVE movies. I have every since I was a little munchkin.
What do you do in your free time?
Free time? I have a 21-month year old, and another kid on the way… Free time does not exist any more. LOL But to answer your question, I’m an avid CrossFit athlete; and I also bleed music. Drums are a HUGE part of my life.
What do you have upcoming?
This week I get to do scenes with AL PACINO and CHRISTOPHER WALKEN in the film “STAND UP GUYS” for Lakeshore Ent. I can barely sleep I’m so excited!!!
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